The cost of an MOT test is set by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and depends on the type of vehicle that's being checked.
In 2021, the maximum fee that a garage can legally charge for a car's MOT is £54.85, with no extra VAT on top. Some garages or MOT test centres might charge less than the maximum price — with Smart Care, you can get an MOT for £45 (£35 if you're an AA Member).
Don't be tempted to skip your MOT to save costs — you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving without a valid MOT certificate and it invalidates your car insurance.
Need a hassle-free MOT? Book with Smart Care and we'll take care of it.
How much does a motorcycle MOT cost?
The maximum fee for a standard motorcycle MOT is £29.65, regardless of whether your motorcycle is Class 1 (engine size under 200cc) or Class 2 (engine size over 200cc). If you have a motorcycle with a sidecar, the maximum price increases to £37.80.
How much does an MOT cost for other vehicles?
The general rule is the bigger your vehicle and engine, the more expensive the maximum MOT price is. For example, class 7 vehicles (pickups, vans and transits between 3.0 and 3.5 tonnes) have a slightly higher maximum MOT price of £58.60.
Make sure to check the maximum price for your vehicle class so you're not caught out.
How much does an MOT retest cost?
If your vehicle fails its MOT, it'll need to have a partial retest to check the part or parts of the vehicle that caused it to fail once they've been repaired.
Your retest can be done for free, as long as the necessary repairs are completed within 10 working days of your vehicle failing.
If you take your vehicle to a different garage for repairs you can still get a free retest, as long as you return it before the end of the next working day.
Check our pre-MOT checklist to give your car the best possible chance of passing its MOT first time.
Why use AA Smart Care for your vehicle's MOT?
When you book your MOT test through Smart Care, you'll get:
- Free vehicle collection and return.
- AA approved garages.
- Quick and easy online booking and payment.
- 12-month guarantee on all parts and labour.
- Fair, transparent pricing.
We even have next-day availability for servicing and MOTs in some locations.